The 2013 North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards that consists of a selection of 23 concept vehicles and more than two dozen jurors recently recognized the vehicles that will most likely shape the future of the automobile industry.
To qualify for the title, the participating vehicle should have been introduced to North America in an auto show in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto and New York. The awards are given to the best Production Preview Vehicle, Concept Car, Concept Truck/SUV, and Most Significant Concept Vehicle of each auto show season.
The Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept bags the 2013 Concept Car of the Year award for its intent of carrying passengers and was shortlisted together with the Honda EV-STER, Hyundai Veloster C3 Roll Top, and the Toyota Corolla Furia.
"Hyundai's HCD-14 introduces future premium vehicle design, advanced 3D gesture-based technology controls and spirited driving dynamics," said juror Bob Kroupa. "Its rear hinged back doors and fastback coupe design adds to the WOW factor."
The BMW i8 Spyder was named as the 2013 Production Preview Vehicle of the Year as its already been planned for production soon. Other finalists in this category were the Acura NSX, Subaru WRX STI and the Tesla Model X.
Meanwhile, the Ford Atlas took home the Concept Truck of the year award for 2013 as it fully recognizes the need of consumers where cargo carrying is a significant consideration. Other finalists in the Truck category were the Kia Cross GT, the Nissan Resonance, and the Volkswagen Cross Blue.
From amongst the segment winners in the Car, Truck and Production Preview categories, the Hyundai's HCD-14 Genesis also posted the highest overall score to earn the top award as Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2013.